Matcha guide: taste, benefits and the best matcha drinks
When it comes to hot drinks, Matcha has long been hailed as one of the healthiest teas and a worthy rival to coffee in high stakes.
I took the plunge by giving up coffee for this year, but haven’t found anything to keep me energized yet, and herbal teas just don’t cut it. So here I am, turning to matcha.
Matcha is a type of powdered green tea that you can consume as a hot drink or mix into smoothies. Some of the benefits of Matcha tea include increased brain function, high antioxidants and it can also prevent cancer and help with weight loss.
It’s also a very acquired taste, but worth experimenting with until you find the right tea blend for you. I tested four different brands to see which were the best for those of us looking to find our way into consuming matcha.
Matcha & Cie
You can get this 100% organic matcha tea in a nicely packaged kit that includes a whisk and a measuring spoon – very handy indeed if you are a beginner. This tea is one of the strongest, but it really tastes like a premium product and doesn’t have a nasty aftertaste. The tea brand also offers other flavors like breakfast and jasmine tea that are worth trying.
Best for: For the no-frills types
As basic as it sounds, you just need to mix the powder into a paste before topping it up with more water and giving it another good mix. You can also replace the water with milk to make a matcha latte. I drank it like tea and found the flavor surprisingly sweet. My only complaint is that it leaves a little sour aftertaste.
Pulsin ‘Vitality’ Vanilla Matcha Supershake
Best for: For gym rabbits
This vegan protein shake is rich in vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and magnesium and can be added to water or milk for your post-workout protein shake. I mixed it with some fruit and oat milk and was quite impressed with the dark green color of the seaweed it turned. Be warned though – it contains spirulina which packs a punch and may not be to everyone’s taste.
Teapigs Matcha Chai Latte Sachets
Best for: For coffee lovers
Who doesn’t like a little chai? These handy pouches are simple to make into a matcha chai latte (all you need is powder and a hell of a ton of milk), and packaged so you can easily take them with you to the office if you need to. wish. This is definitely one of the more delicious options, but if you have noodle wrists like me, your whisk won’t be much more than a cup of sweet milk. I think I’ll leave the lattes to the pro baristas in the future.
My favorite has to be the Matcha & Co organic matcha tea. It’s a bit tricky to put together, but it was the sweetest of all teas and gave me a great buzz to help me get through the afternoon crunch.